It was Lorenzo's second consecutive pole at this track, having taken the top grid spot this time last year before finishing the race third.
Eight-time MotoGP world champion, Valentino Rossi, has confirmed today that he will make his first visit to the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in June this year with Dainese, who recently renewed their current partnership with the Isle of Man TT races as Official Safety Partner for the second successive year. The company's founder and CEO Mr. Lino Dainese will accompany Rossi and Italian legend Giacomo Agostini on this historic visit.
The Texas Tornado mastered the tricky weather conditions to take the psychological advantage ahead of afternoon qualifying at the Twin Ring track, which is likely to be run in very similar conditions as heavy rain continues to fall.
Casey Stoner almost made the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar look easy, but the Australian revealed after his third consecutive victory at the Losail International Circuit that a lot of concentration and adaptation was needed over the course of the 22-lap race.
A fuel consumption issue had Stoner modifying his style as he streaked out in front, and he explained afterwards that his turning up the heat later on was not a direct response to some fast times from rival Valentino Rossi.
Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo qualified just 0.024s behind his illustrious second placed colleague Valentino Rossi on the Qatar grid on Saturday, but as he commences his second season in MotoGP the Spaniard is playing down his chances in Sunday's race.
Reacting to qualifying second at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Saturday MotoGP title holder Valentino Rossi was in a positive frame of mind ahead of the first race of the year, though he admits he and his team have plenty of work to do on Sunday.
The Italian will be trying to prevent poleman Casey Stoner from registering a hat-trick of Qatar wins as the 2009 season gets underway and says there are some points on the track where he couldn't match the Australian on Saturday.
At the Mugello 2008 Grand Prix race, Valentino wore a helmet that left everyone on hand speechless.
Yamaha's mass production YZF-R1 superbike has more in common with Valentino Rossi's feral M1 than ever before, now that a key component of championship-winning MotoGP engine technology has trickled down to the track-ready street bike.
Casey Stoner's goal this year is clear. He aims to reclaim the MotoGP title from Valentino Rossi having seen the Italian run away with the championship in 2008, as the Australian endured an inconsistent campaign and his 2007 title slipped from his grasp.
Last out on track, Valentino Rossi made the most of the five remaining hours of Saturday testing in Jerez to record the second fastest time of the day. The Fiat Yamaha rider appeared on track shortly after 1pm, electing against riding in the wet conditions left behind by some early rainfall. He ended the day with a 1'39.861 fastest time from 65 laps, and a confident outlook on the final day of preseason.
Continuing on from the team's online presentation -sent across the world on February 12th of this year- Fiat Yamaha concluded the two-part unveiling of their 2009 project with a press conference in their hospitality suite on Friday evening.
Following two preseason tests thus far in 2009 and ahead of next week's MotoGP Official Test at Jerez, the bookmakers have marked the reigning MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi out as the clear title favourite.
Valentino Rossi, MotoGP Motorcycle Racer, Turns 30 Today, February 16th 2009.
The Fiat Yamaha rider has had an immensely successful career to date, winning eight world championships, 97 races and becoming the most successful premier-class rider of all time. As he enters his 14th season in the world championship, his sixth with Yamaha, he is still the dominating force in the sport, having recaptured the title in typically exciting style last season.
Just released from AGV (now part of Dainese) is the latest Valentino Rossi-replica helmet. The helmet that Rossi helped design includes his iconic sun and moon graphics on AGV's latest and most technologically advanced racing helmet.
Michael Toschi created the buzz at our Concours d' Elegance, at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey, Calif., during MotoGP weekend with the introduction of various high-end leather goods and accessories. This collection included motorcycle boots, shoes, shirts, and, of course, the ultimate moto jacket.